Physiotherapist Suspended for a Further Three Months

Physiotherapist Mohammad Azad had his interim suspension order from the HCPC Register confirmed for a further three months following a review.

This is a review of an interim suspension order from 30 October 2014. At the first review of that order on 8 April 2015, the reviewing Panel decided to replace the interim conditions of practice with an interim suspension order for the remainder of the term.

A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Nottinghamshire Police alerted the HCPC in April 2014 that Mr Azad whilst working at Redford Primary Care Centre was charged with an offence of sexual touching, alleged to have occurred against a client during a physiotherapy session.

The Panel further heard that delays to the trial and sentencing meant that Mr Azad was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced on 1 May 2015 to 12 months imprisonment, inclusion on the adults barred list and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and a five year Restraining Order. However an appeal was lodged on 16 June 2015 against the conviction.

Panel Chair Mrs Debbie Hill commented: